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  • n  soreness and warmth caused by friction
    he had a nasty chafe on his knee
  • n  anger produced by some annoying irritation
  • v  become or make sore by or as if by rubbing
  • v  feel extreme irritation or anger
  • v  cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations
  • v  tear or wear off the skin or make sore by abrading
    This leash chafes the dog's neck
  • v  cause friction
  • v  warm by rubbing, as with the hands

  • Many of the Al-Madinah girls willingly accept the limits, even when they chafe: "Allah comes before basketball, before a million dollars and before everything," says team captain .
  • Ferrell not only doesn't chafe under the demands of popular taste--"I love playing the macho guy who looks like an idiot," he says--he has reduced movie stardom to a series of .
  • But for blacks who've made it to the upper echelons of American society, those old lessons chafe, and you tire of wearing the mask of deference.

  • John Kerry in New York Times
    And for the Afghans who chafe at foreign boots on their soil, it sends a message that while America will remain committed to the Afghan people, we aren't interested in a permanent occupation,Mr. Kerry said.
  • Kaiser Kuo in Christian Science Monitor
    Anyone moving to a new culture must be prepared for periods of homesickness, alienation or even a sense of estrangement. But if you prepare to enjoy the country you live in and choose to go with the flow rather than chafe at the inconveniences and... Andrea Deccan Herald Jul 2, 2010 16437 22919 chafe There will always be those who chafe against censorship and those who defend the regime," says Kuo.

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